There are many, many ways to repurpose an old dresser, but a media console may be one of my favorites.
Originally posted 7/3/2015
The continuing saga of the Funny Little House.
This Chapter: The Media Console
After we got our new living room carpet, Big Jon agreed that the old media console was just too big and heavy for the room. (really he just didn’t want it to make enormous indentations in the new carpet :)) Whatever his reasoning, I certainly did not argue.
Fortunately, getting rid of the behemoth also that meant the ginormous tube TV that was inside it also had to go. (Insert happy dance and squeals of joy!)
If one is going to replace the entertainment furniture and the TV, then, of course, this leads to revamping the entire room’s decor, including the wall!
I had a media console in mind and I knew I wanted to repurpose a dresser to make it, but as it was, I searched and searched and searched. Once I even brought home a dresser that I thought might work, but it was actually way too big!
Right idea. Wrong scale.
I think I’ll just save this piece for another project.
Keep on searching. And searching. And searching. And finally, I found the perfect piece. An old dresser that I had rescued many years ago and that was just collecting dust in Favorite Baby’s room. This will make the perfect media console.
Certainly, he couldn’t be using it, since all his clothes seem to be on the floor!
Once again, I forgot to take a good before picture! But you can see that this is a really solid 6 drawer dresser. Previously I painted it this stoney grey color. The dark color was definitely not going to work in my bright new living room so I went out on a limb and painted it………………..
I wanted to use a chalk paint but didn’t want to pay the unbelievable price for it so I looked into mixing my own and I found the recipe here.
All you do is mix some plaster of paris with water really well and then add your paint to it. It gets thick quickly, so just keep stirring and mixing and stirring and mixing.
After the paint dried, I distressed the body and the drawers by sanding off some of the white chalk paint to reveal the dark stone color underneath. I love how it turned out!
As you may have noticed, this is a 6 drawer dresser which is great for storing clothing. I wanted to convert it to a media console with a centered cubby for my DVR etc. and 2 smaller cabinets to each side. Time to get out the tools! Yeah! I cut some plywood for the base and the dividers and installed them.
I knew I wanted to use the original drawers to create the cabinet doors, but I had no idea how to make that happen. I then took the 2 top drawers to a cabinet-maker that I know. He made all of my new kitchen cabinets and another for the entry mud room. And voila!
Now comes the funny part…
After the doors were installed on the media console and the painting finished, I needed to open the drawers so I could add the cute new drawer pulls. I could not pull the center drawers open to save my life! I pulled and pulled and even put my feet on the dresser and pulled some more.
I even had my bruiser Favorite Baby give it a try, but to know avail. I then called in the cavalry – Favorite 3rd Son and his friend. As I was explaining the problem to them, I told them it felt as if I had nailed the doors shut!
See where this is going now? Favorite 3rd Son’s friend very kindly says, “Yes you did. I can see the nails from here.” Duh… Yup I had used the nail gun to put the trim on the upper cubby and nailed the drawers shut!
Out came the Dremel and Favorite Third cut the nails out and filed down the remains so that the cabinets could open. Back on track again. 🙂
After that adventure, I added the cute new knobs and woot, woot!
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